New Boxing Club For Young People
By Hannah2009 | Friday, July 16, 2010, 07:38
A boxing club has been set up to help give local youths something else to do in their leisure time.
The club is for young people aged between 10 and 18 years, and is held at the Methodist Church Hall in Bushy Park, at the top of St John’s Lane.
The sessions run from 8.15pm to 9.15pm on Monday evenings and they are free to attend.
Trainers take the sessions and provide expert tuition in non-contact boxing. They offer fitness training and lessons in boxing technique.
Although the club has only been running for a few weeks, it already has six regular members – five boys and one girl. The trainers say that this is a good start to build on; they look forward to welcoming more new members over the summer holidays.
Mark Bailey, Lib Dem councillor for Windmill Hill, explained that the idea for the club came from the regular Windmill Hill area meetings that he and fellow councillor Alf Havvock (Lib Dem, Windmill Hill) hold with the local policing teams and the Detached Youth Team.
Anti-social behaviour is an ongoing problem in some of Windmill Hill’s parks that is often raised in the Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meetings, now Neighbourhood Partnership forums.
There is recognition among local residents and traders at the forum, however, that there has been very little in this area for young people to do in their spare time.
Mark said: “The boxing club is part of our ambitions to bring more youth work into the area and hopefully give some of our younger residents more opportunity to engage in positive activity.”
The funding for the boxing club was provided by the Windmill Hill, Filwood and Knowle Neighbourhood Partnership.